Today is a very important day for me as I write to you about what I’m doing in the city of Barcelona. I now live in one of the most beautiful cities in the world and living the dream. For many years I’ve been travelling and playing football in Australia and around the world. My experiences after many years of playing professional football, could well be described as unbelievable.
I have also been coaching for 10 years. My philosophy on coaching… is very different to the normal line of thinking, as I firmly believe training twice a week and waiting for the weekend to win a match is not what professional football is all about. Coaching is so much more than that, it’s about life and the lessons we learn every day that go into making our football careers flourish, in so many different ways.
Here….there is only one predominant sport, football consumes most people’s lives. To be really good at it, you must sacrifice & put your life to it.Barcelona has been producing world class footballers for many years, so as a coach, I knew that I would have to put myself right in the heart of where the best are plying their trade.
The level of football education here, is very high. You must know your work and be able to deliver your message perfectly and professionally. The world’s best players, are technically proficient but not all of them are capable on both sides of their body. The reason for that is simple. They haven’t been taught about the biomechanics that go into striking a ball with the correct technique from very young..
This is apparent right around the world, in fact many coaches here will not attempt to coach players in these areas. Simply put, it’s a case of either you can or you can’t. If you can’t, it’s goodbye and they wish you the very best.
However, this is the area that I have chosen to specialize in, that and helping to make sure that I develop a player’s skillset. As a result, I have managed to create great interest from a host of professional clubs in Barcelona. These then are the difficult questions that you need to answer.
- How do you develop technique?
- How do you develop both feet?
- What type of training do you need to do?
- Do the exercises differ with age?
- Which coach should you be working with?
- How many days a week should you train?
- Which club should you go to?
- What do you really need to do on a daily basis, to reach your full potential as a footballer?
The reason you need to answer questions like these, is because when your child doesn’t become a professional footballer, he or she will ask why? “I trained hard but why?” Well in school, you are there for 12 years learning nearly every day.
We all accept this as right but when you tell the player or their parents that they need to work most days, they don’t believe it! I am now working with prominent football coaches, players and football scientists and development personnel and they all want to know, how I go about teaching and most importantly how I answer these questions.
All in all, it’s a dream come true for me.
But I have a lot of work to do even in a country where the world’s best players showcase their skills. Simply put, they too need to continue to develop, both as players and as people.
For now it’s goodbye from my new home.
PS: Remember, keep practicing because if you do, you never know what can happen especially if you’ve practiced properly for many years.
You never know, you may just realize your dream…. just as I have mine.